Today’s phrase is one used by my family, including myself, and one my non-Southern husband claims to hate. Hubby may say he hates the phrase, but I’ll bet he’s probably said it when no one was around just to amuse himself. Anyway, today’s Southern Speak phrase is….
“Fixing to go off.”
Don’t worry if you don’t know what it means, I’ll translate for you. First “fixing to or fixin’ to” means getting ready or preparing to do something and “go off” means leaving.
Example: Q. “What are y’all doing?” A. “We’re fixing to go off.”
My hubby says it sounds like we’re getting ready to explode and wonders if we have to prepare beforehand…of course he’s not Southern so what does he know, bless his heart.
So remember, the next time someone asks what you’re doing and you’re preparing to go out just say ”I’m fixing to go off.” If they’re Southern they’ll understand, if not they’ll probably back away from the explosion they think is about to take place.